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Vol 37  No 13
April 28, 2005


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Keeping memories alive

By Kristine Hamlyn

Gord Delaney, founder of the Lilies for Lillie project, shows off the new lapel pin for 2005. (Photo by Angie Bishop)


If you haven’t heard of the Lilies for Lillie (LFL) project by now, the name will likely cross your path in the near future. You may spot one of their unique lapel pins, which have become somewhat of a collectors item, on the jackets of supporters around town. You may also come across promotion for the fundraising event being held on Saturday, May 14, scattered throughout the city. And, you may also hear chatter about the abundance of local talent coming together in support of the project, a joint effort to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Gord Delaney, Memorial employee and member of the 2004 university sponsored rowing team, founded the LFL project in memory of his mother Lillie Delaney who passed away of Leukemia in November 2000. He says he’s pleased with the community support he’s received for the project and hopes this year to double the funds raised previously.

The project’s first charity concert took place in 2003 and raised almost $5,000 for the Leukemia Research Fund of Canada. This year, LFL is partnering with the Dr. H Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation to keep all funds raised in-province to be used to support treatment programs, services and state-of-the-art equipment.

“People always ask me why I do this,” said Mr. Delaney, a 2002 B.Comm. graduate now working in the Office of Student Recruitment. “The answer is simply because it is my way to give back, not only to my mother, but to others fighting this disease as well. It’s also a way to bring everyone who has been touched by cancer in one way or another together and help them to give back.”

“On the one side, the concert is a great opportunity for people to experience first-rate Newfoundland talent, win fantastic prizes and socialize in an entertaining atmosphere,” he said. “As an added bonus they will also be supporting the LFL project and the Bliss Murphy Foundation, a great local organization which helps people from all over the province deal with cancer.”

The Lilies for Lillie concert will fittingly take place the Saturday after Mother’s Day, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bella Vista located on Torbay Road. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Bella Vista or by calling the Lilies for Lillie project. Those interested in purchasing a lapel pin can stop by the Village Mall on Mother’s Day weekend, the Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Centre or call the LFL project at 746-3023. For more information about the project, its history and goals visit www.lflhome.com.

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